I've been intending to share a sketch of the itinerary I'm planning for my drive around the USA this fall for my next book, but that keeps getting overtaken by events. I'm starting to get used to the idea that this might be the way it goes for any of us from now on.
There has always been friction between the military and the elected government in Pakistan, but we now also see friction between the different components of the formal, constitutional branches of government.
In the context of rumors about an impending military coup in Pakistan, Obama's unannounced meeting with the Pakistani delegation emphasizing American support for the present civilian government might be a game-changer.
For American reporters and editors, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.